Compost Funerals provide an alternative to traditional death care methods, returning the human body to the soil, to gift life to the earth.
Drop Dead Funerals
Andrew, Founder of Compost Central, has had an ongoing personal connection and intrigue with the concept of death, of oneself 'returning to the soil', as it were.
The concept of Drop Dead Funerals focusses on an alternative and very traditional method of burial and death care - of composting the deceased body. An age old method, which has been lost over the last centuries, besides in a handful of cultures, due to the wide acceptance of embalming and burial in a protected coffin, or the method of cremation.
Andrew firmly endorses The Urban Death Project, and the work of founder Katrina Spade, who has begun this service in San Francisco in the US.
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The Urban Death Project
The Urban Death Project is a compost-based renewal system, which gives for those who've passed the opportunity to give back to the earth. At the heart of the project is a three-story core, within which bodies and carbon-rich materials are placed.
Over the span of several months, with the help of aerobic decomposition and microbial activity, the bodies decompose fully, leaving a rich compost, which adds life to the plant-life in the facility's memorial grove, and is also made available to the community to enrich their home gardens.
The Urban Death Project is not simply a system for turning our bodies into soil-building material. It is also a space for the contemplation of our place in the natural world, and a ritual to help us say goodbye to our loved ones by connecting us with the cycles of nature.
Andrew is particularly passionate about this specific area of interest, and has registered his own name for a similar concept still to come in Australia, called 'Drop Dead Funerals', composting the deceased.